Am I the only one who was more sad when Hendricks died in Battleground than when Murphy did? I mean, I knew Murphy's fate was sealed the second she fell in love with Dresden, but Hendricks has just been an immovable wall since the first book, and I'm sad to see him go. Does this make me a psychopath?
What's on your mind?
So I’ve been re-reading the eighth novel and there was something that came to mind.
When Harry, Murphy, Charity, and Thomas go into Arctis Tor, Harry notes that the entrance has traces of sulfur and brimstone that he can smell. Our favorite P.I. Wizard notes that someone wielding Hellfire came through and intended to cause serious trouble in Mab’s domain.
This begs my theory. For anyone who has read all of the books, we know that even though Nicodemus would not necessarily intend to screw over Mab, his wife, Polonius Lartessa has made it a point of working against him in some way. Admittedly, Skin Game was so that he wouldn’t achieve his goal which meant killing their daughter. BUT!!! What if Tessa is playing a different angle that goes beyond interfering in her husband’s plans? Is it possible that Tessa sent the phages that Harry thought were summoned? And what if Tessa was helping other enemies of Dresden and his allies behind the scenes? Admittedly I could be missing something but it’s all I have to go on.
So I just finished battle grounds and I took some time to reflect, I’ve always considered myself a man of science so you may not have noticed it. In multiple books sometimes when explaining what happened he talks about magic but dumbs it down and says “physics is physics”. So this got a theory working in my head
Heat is energy. A lot of times some of the spells drains him of energy- even the ice spells because he has to fuel it himself. I think he is doing it wrong. What if being a star born gives him an ability to use the elements and him having the winter mantle would give him the ability of fueling any elemental spell with the heat from sources around him.
With this thought he would literally be freezing everything while fueling all his spells. The back hand from this, in removing the heat he would be affective at killing all the life forms around him friend or foe unless he masters his control. Put Dresden by himself in front of the outer gates with this knowledge and skill, open it up and he would take the outsiders out by himself. (Probably killing himself in the process due to him removing his own heat but what a climax it would be)
I saw this today and just had to share it. This place actually exists. Translation... the Dresden university of technology. I'm still laughing about it.
MAJOR SPOILERS!!!! If you haven’t read Battle Ground yet, DO NOT READ THIS POST!!!
So I re-read Battle Ground and a few things came to mind. One of the big things was how Ethniu’s use of the Eye of Balor had more effects than anyone may have initially realized. When Harry brings out Bob, he asks the spirit about what use of the eye is doing to reality.
Bob himself stated that Ethniu’s use of the Eye was causing a destabilization of reality as everyone knew it up to that point. Specifically, it was an over abundance of power tearing down the barrier between the Nevernever and the earthly plane. Ethniu’s goal was to bring back the dark chaotic craziness of her time.
However, it took an archdragon, Ferrovax, to contain the craziness and keep the barriers from breaking down or else if the archdragon had become involved, then nothing would stop all the nastiness of the Nevernever from spilling over.
But then as Harry found out, that was the ultimate goal of He Who Walks Beside, aka Nemesis, aka the contagion. He had pointed Ethniu toward Chicago where the Accords were taking place because he knew Ethniu’s ultimate goal was to bring back the good old days where someone like her would reign with fear and chaos.
But one thing that disturbs was something that Jim mentioned a while back. He mentioned how he always wanted to do a story where Harry comes across and AU version of himself that was evil. All things considered, with the ways Harry could’ve turned, it’s a scary thought.
But then something Bob said in Ghost Story comes to mind. He mentioned how somewhere in the wider universe/multiverse there’s Spider-Man (likely from Darkest Hours).
It begs the question of whether or not Ethniu did destabilize reality in some way. What if it caused a breakdown between parallel timelines/worlds and Harry night meet Evil Harry? And that’s just on top of whatever else could have slithered through from the Nevernever.
Have y’all ever thought that the series is just his journals? We’re just reading them as he wrote like Ebenezer told him? There’s a couple lines in a couple books that made me think it’s him telling the story as it’s already happened.
In the list of minor characters, Etienne the Enchanter is listed as a character in chapter 7, Fool Moon. In this chapter, Bob explains the several werewolf variations and refers to French practitioners of the past without mentioning names. Is Etienne described somewhere else?
Okay......I finished Battle Ground yesterday. My reaction to the entire book is HOLY CRAP! HELL’S BELLS! STARS AND STONES!!! Between the build up in Peace Talks and the ongoing climax of Battle Ground, I’m just still reeling from the information!!! It’s a lot to unpack at first but it is amazing how things came together as well as the new information that was brought to light! It is a rollercoaster ride but it was well worth the read!
I’m gonna get started and I’ll be done by Monday (maybe Tuesday)!
Holy shit I’m only on chapter 6 but this has been everything Peace Talks was supposed/wanted/expected to be... I’m geeking out on this hoping all of it is as good as the start has been.
I just peace read talks for the second time. I think that the Dresden Files is the best urban fantasy series in existence. It has incredible pacing, great character development and true believability. I especially like that Jim doesn't leave out religion, as most other fantasy authors do. If an urban fantasy is believable it has to take religion into account. It wouldn't make sense to say that humans have lived side-by-side with the supernatural for millenia, but the people most concerned with the supernatural know nothing about it.
Having said that, I think that Jim Butcher makes the same mistake with religion/faith that Gordon Dickson does in his Dorsai/Childe Cycle. He treats faith as if the belief itself - true or false - is more important than the object of the faith. He thinks that belief in Jesus is equivalent to belief in the Star Wars Jedi Force. It is fine for the author to believe this, these authors put these beliefs into the mouths of their faith holders.
Now faith-as-a-force is a defensible position, if you are an agnostic or atheist or humanist. A non-theist can take the humanist position that a human's belief is the most powerful force he can imagine. But what both Dickson and Butcher do is have their faith-holders state this position as if they believe that faith is more important than truth. Dickson and Butcher have faith holders exhalting their own faith above God, himself.
This is not how we believers think !!! and again I say !!!
Well, I will qualify that. There are some Rhema Bible Institute/Joel Osteen types out there who think that we can name it/claim it/blab it/grab it and be little gods ourselves if we just will "speak the word." But traditional Christians are rightly disgusted by this "ye will be as gods" stuff.
Traditional Christians (and especially, I would say believing Catholics) would never say that belief in The Jedi Force equivalent to belief in Christ. We would never say that Luke Skywalker is as great as Saint Paul. To say that would be to deny our own faith.
You see, faith is the complete confidence, the certainty, that Truth/Veritas/Logos is eventually available not just to us, but to everyone. Either Jesus is God's only begotten Son and he is everyone's God, or he is just another one of the many grandiose demigod heroes with bipolar disease. If I believe the latter, then I am not a Christian (by definition), if I believe the first, then I cannot simultaneously believe that the Jedi Force is equivalent to the Holy Spirit without some severe cognitive dissonance disrupting my own mental health.
Now, a believer can believe that God has not yet revealed the fullness of Truth/Veritas/Logos to anyone, even myself. I can believe that a self-proclaimed Jedi Knight is following God's path to eventual truth, but that eventual truth must be Jesus.
Now let me emphasize what I am not saying. I am not saying that "all paths lead to God" - that Jesus and Obi-Wan Kenobi are just on different paths to eventual truth. You may believe this - many intelligent people do - but that is not a Christian belief and no Christian would express it. It is a Humanist belief, a belief that human longing for truth is the most important thing and God values the longing for truth, not his Only Begotton Son. Christianity and Humanism are not compatible TO A CHRISTIAN. I want to make this clear, a humanist can believe humanism and christianity are both "relatively true" and may make a claim that he or she is a christian in the sense that they believe that Christ was on a path to truth, but a Christian believes that Christ is the ultimate truth and all other sincere paths lead only to him.
In the Dresden Files, Michael is presented as a Christian, not a humanist. And yet, Butcher puts words in Michael's mouth that no Christian would utter.
Now, I understand how both Butcher and Gordon make this mistake. They admire their faith-holders and therefore they put the author's humanist beliefs and words into the faith-holders mouths. But these words ring false and every believer cringes every time they read them.
Anyone played the Dresden Files Cooperative card game and can say yay or nay ?
Loved it! So, obviously, this is going to be a two-part miniseries; with the second part, Battle Ground, coming out in September. I love the continuity of the whole series. How many of you think the series is wrapping up for good? To me, it certainly seems like the story is coming to a head.
Why can Harry touch the nail at the end of ‘Cold Days’ or wield a steel barreled Winchester repeater if he was debilitated by being stabbed with nails? Is it an internal vs external issue?
In ‘Cold Days’, the magic circle at the top of Demonreach keeps out anything not of the island. When Dresden goes thru it, his clothes are destroyed but later it is mentioned that his gauze bandage is this on his leg. Shouldn't it have been destroyed as well?
I've been reading summer knight and was just wondering what your guy's opinion is on how there are so many different events going on throughout the books but they all tie in to each other in the end. I personally love it. (Please no spoilers for books the come after summer knight)
Out of curiosity what are the celebrity faces you’ve put to Dresden characters? IMO, there are really only 2 actors who I’ve always pictured clearly every time they’re mentioned... Idris Elba as Donald Morgan and Eric Roberts as John Malcone (he played Marone in Dark Knight). But who have you always pictured as your Dresden? Or Murphy? Or Thomas? Or Rag Lady???